12.08.14 // Documents, News, Urban Slums

Report “Disadvantaged communities, rights and access to justice”

The Civil Association for Equality and Justice (ACIJ) presented the report “Disadvantaged communities, rights and access to justice”, a study of unmet legal needs.

In Argentina there are few studies that have attempted to identify the gaps in access to justice from the perspective of the perception of users. This paper attempts to fill this shortcoming by focusing on the notions of legal needs identified by citizens.

Some of the research findings:

  • Even though all the individuals interviewed experienced a problem with regards to their rights, only half of these individuals actually recognized it as such.
  • 44% did not identify any legal problems or violation of their rights.
  • The first obstacle in the resolution of a problem is the access to information. 55% of the interviewees did not look for information on how to solve their problem, and half of that number didn’t look for information because they didn´t know how to or where to go.

This research has been possible thanks to support from the Open Society Foundations, through its Justice Initiative.